In a sheltered courtyard at the heart of Turku, you’ll find Hotel Centro, run by the lovely Ilkka and Kristiina. With its elegant décor and warm atmosphere, the second-generation family hotel offers a peacefully rest even at the edge of the busy market square. For breakfast, enjoy all variety of delicacies, such as fresh fish and pastries.
Centro displays the owner’s passion for contemporary art, and around the hotel you can admire their collection. On the same block is the FitnessPalatsi fitness centre, which guests can use for free.
2Hotel Scandic Julia
Go a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the market square, through the doors and up the stairs, and you will step into the modern, spacious and recently renovated Scandic Julia. A minute’s walk from the restaurants of Vähätori square, as well as the cafes and summer terraces that form the pride of Turku along the River Aura shores. Nip to the design shops on Linnankatu and spot something nice to take home.
In Bistro Julienne, children can enjoy the next-door playroom while parents savour their meal, with more peaceful corners also easily available. The heated garage is conveniently accessible directly from the hotel reception.
3Hotel Scandic Plaza
Scandic Plaza’s cream-coloured building is a pearl of 1920’s functionalist architecture, designed by Erik Bryggman. The intimate atmosphere provides the feeling of a small hotel, appealing to guests with an appreciation for individuality.
Despite being in the city centre, the pedestrianised high street makes for a peaceful location. Downstairs you can sit in the hotel’s own café-restaurant, Bryggman’s Deli, overlooking the shoppers passing by. Across the street from the hotel is Turku’s largest shopping centre, Hansa.
4Hotel Scandic Atrium
The largest of Turku’s Scandic hotels provides the perfect base to explore the city. Around the corner is the River Aura, which if you follow it upstream leads to Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle in the other direction. Step out the front door and you’re only a short walk form all Turku’s main attractions!
Scandic Atrium is especially popular with families and groups. In addition to the 3 and 4-bed rooms available, there is also a swimming pool and playroom, making it particularly popular with children. Downstairs you’ll find a restaurant and a lounge bar. With a large parking facility the hotel is ideal if you are arriving by car.
Hotel Seaport is located adjacent to the ferry terminals of both Viking Line and Tallink Silja, just a few kilometres from the centre of Turku. The hotel is found in a converted brick warehouse, where merchants used to buy and sell goods brought in from sea over 100 years ago. The old black and white pictures on the wall give a glimpse into those times, as the port of Turku served as Finland’s gateway to the west for 860 years!
Enjoy the food and the maritime spirit at the Gastro Pub long into the night. Turku Castle is only a stone’s throw away, and the Forum Marinum maritime museum is also a close neighbour.
Naantali Spa is a number one destination for those yearning for relaxation. Escape to the heart of Finland’s loveliest seaside town and overdose on satisfaction – an amazing place anytime of year. Once at the spa, take full advantage of the different treatments and the unrestrained pleasure of the saunas and spa. Does today feel like a day for a rose-petal bath with a glass of sparkling wine? Or perhaps an aromatic massage or some hot stone therapy? Warning: spa-life is highly addictive.
In addition to pampering, delicious food and other activities, you should also explore the town of Naantali. Take a peek at the beautiful gardens of Kultaranta and get lost in the delightfully quaint cafés and boutiques of the old town.
A place immersed in perfectly peaceful nature, whilst at the same time close to central Turku. The scenic beauty of Ruissalo Island and surrounding sea is mindfulness at its best. Fortunately, most of the rooms come a with a sea view! Did you know that you can even go straight from the spa pool complex for a dip in the sea?
The best aspects of the hotel include the bountiful buffet, as well as breakfast at Restaurant Merisali, which always comes in for high praise. It’s also worth taking a small excursion into the surrounding Ruissalo National Park, and with bicycle hire provided at the spa, the whole family can take a little trip.
8Holiday Club Caribia
The Caribia of Turku guarantees a tropical vibe equal to the group of islands lying between the Americas. Many are familiar with Holiday Club Caribia, particularly the spa complex and waterpark, which are especially worth a mention. When did you last slide wildly down a waterslide, reset your brain in a spa or revive yourself with water aerobics?
The holiday world at Caribia Spa is the place to reinvigorate and recharge your batteries. The peaceful, recently renovated hotel rooms guarantee and a quality stay for a romantic getaway, a fun trip with friends or a family spa break. A place where that weekend feeling lasts forever.
At the heart of central Turku, a stone’s throw from the Market Square, you’ll find the brand spanking new Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone. The word on the street was a large ‘boutique-shaped’ hole in Turku’s hotel industry just had to be filled. Included in the same package is the much anticipated, Gunnar Eatery & Bar a.k.a ”Gunu”, whose magic word is communal dining. This makes it a great social spot to try out, even if you’re not staying at the hotel.
Above all else, Seurahuone is a home-from-home for Turku locals, where they go to get away for a relaxing break and see their city with fresh eyes. All of Turku’s attractions and activities are just round the corner – if, of course, you can manage to drag yourself away from the luxury of the hotel.
10Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel
A crucial element of any successful holiday is the hotel location. On the shores of the beautiful River Aura and in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, you’ll find the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, offering the ideal base for your visit to Turku. The walk to the city centre along the riverbank is wonderful at any time of year.
The trendy and laidback Marina Bar & Lounge is an elegant lobby bar, with glass walls that open out onto the Aura riverside to bring instant satisfaction to your holiday mood. The fantastic atmosphere extends out onto the stylish terrace of Grill it! Marina, on which you can sit even during winter under heated lamps.